Will Adams took a swing pass from Reed Hayes on the first play from scrimmage, and Science Hill was off and running.
Adams dashed up the left sideline untouched for a 67-yard touchdown and the Hilltoppers never looked back in a 63-8 homecoming win against David Crockett on Friday at Tipton Stadium.
The Hilltoppers (2-0, 5-0) scored on three of their first four plays from scrimmage and five of the first eight. The third play was a 53-yard touchdown pass to Trey Webster. Science Hill took over at the David Crockett 1-yard line after a botched punt, and Gad Nagba scored on the first play.
By the time Adams shrugged off a couple of would-be tacklers through the middle and juked another on his way to a 45-yard TD run, it was 28-0 with 6:44 left in a first quarter that ended with the Hilltoppers leading 49-0.
“That’s the fastest Science Hill team I’ve seen,” David Crockett coach Kent Green said. “They’re like a track team out there, you know, and we were like a cross country team.”
Adams finished with four carries for 105 yards and two TDs, and had the the 67-yard TD catch.
“Will Adams can play,” Science Hill coach Stacy Carter said.
So can Hayes. He was 3-of-3 passing for 123 yards and two TDs, and rushed for a 20-yard score. His throw to Webster was a long rope up the left sideline.
“That was a great throw and he got hit right when he threw it,” Carter said. “It was a good job. Reed’s a good player – an excellent player.”
Webster said he was more excited to jump a hitch route and make a long interception return last week at a crucial moment in a win against Morristown West, but his heart was pumping quickly when he separated behind the defender and dashed toward the spiral.
“I didn’t think he was throwing to me,” Webster said. “I saw the ball coming and I was like, ‘Oh yes.’ And then I just got excited, but I caught the ball thank goodness. … Reed’s on the spot every time. It’s just straight money when he throws it.”
Hayes’ night was short. Malik McGue came on after Crockett fumbled a kickoff and Science Hill took possession at the Pioneers 15, and he darted between the tackles on a shotgun-option keeper on the next play to make the score 49-0 with 1:24 left in the first quarter. Carter was pleased that his team came out sharp in what could’ve been a letdown week after the West game.
“I thought we executed very well,” Carter said. “That’s what we want to do, come out of the gates executing well.”
A crisp week of practice apparently helped.
“We came to practice this week focusing on making ourselves better,” Webster said. “That’s how we looked at this game. We didn’t want to take a week off.”
Chance Pierce had three carries for 57 yards. His 25-yard TD made the score 56-0 with 10:19 left in the second quarter.
Addison Adams had eight carries for 72 yards, including a 28-yard TD. T.J. Delaney had nine carries for 75 yards. Alfred Dolo had two rushes for 32 yards. Nine Hilltoppers had carries and three took snaps at quarterback.
“We got to see a lot of people,” Carter said. “I thought T.J. Delaney ran well there at the end. I thought Trey Sutton ran well. We got a few of them in. We didn’t get a whole lot of plays really, because it went so quick, but we got to play a whole lot of guys.”
Science Hill had 36 carries for 418 yards and 123 yards passing. Crockett had 143 yards.
Among those with tackles for loss for Science Hill were O’Ryen Scott and fellow senior Grant Janeway, and promising 6-foot-2, 235-pound freshman defensive lineman Quintin Alibocus. The Hilltoppers’ Ronnie Woodby had two interceptions.
The clock ran constantly except for scores and injuries in the second half.
The Pioneers scored on Caleb Arrowood’s 86-yard run with 2:40 left in the game. Chevy Miller ran in the conversion.
Science Hill is off Friday, and visits Sullivan South in two weeks. The Pioneers (0-2, 1-3) host South Greene on Friday.
Notes: Arthur “Bud” Kelsey, a team leader and arguably the best lineman on Plowboy Farmer’s 1939-40 teams, was recognized via a PA announcenment and ensuing ovation early in the first quarter. It was Kelsey’s first visit to Kermit Tipton Stadium.
Tipton was the quarterback when Kelsey played. They double-dated some. The late Tipton once joked that he had a little bit of money and Kelsey had a whole lot of looks. Science Hill went 20-1-1 their junior and senior seasons.
Kelsey, 91, said he really appreciated the recognition on homecoming. … Essence Gardner was the homecoming queen.